On Friday 14th December Dame Anne presided over a prize giving ceremony for the winner and runners-up of her 2012 Christmas Card Competition at the ASDA, Bridge of Dee.
Primary 1 pupil, Lucas Norwood from Hamilton School was selected as the winner by judge Shelagh Swanson, Owner and Resident Artist at Oil & Glass in Torry.
Six runners up were also chosen and they were: Catherine Bell, P1, Albyn School; Bethany South, P2, Kirkhill Primary School; Ceili Reilly, Class 5, The International School of Aberdeen; Kelci-Jade Beedie, P5, Kirkhill Primary School; Fraser Joss, P6/7, Culter Primary School; and En-Li Soh, L6B, Albyn School.
And Dame Anne was joined by a special guest to help hand out the prizes.
Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, the winner and runners up were awarded some fantastic prizes, with the winner receiving a Nintendo 3DS. Thanks also go to Asda for hosting the prize giving in their cafe.
Dame Anne said: “Over the years that I have run my Christmas Card competition, it has really grown and I am always amazed at the quality and creativity of the entries I receive every year.
“We received almost 1,000 submissions this year and it is clear that the pupils put a lot of time and effort into their designs. I would, therefore, like to thank all those who took the time to submit an entry this year and I enjoyed meeting the winner and runners-up in person to hand over their prizes.”
The winner of Dame Anne’s Christmas Card Competition has been announced as Lucas Norwood from the Hamilton School. The competition was judged on Monday 19th November by Shelagh Swanson, Owner and Resident Artist at Oil and Glass in Torry.
With 1,000 entries from schools across Aberdeen South, it was very challenging for the judge to pick only one winner. Dame Anne said: “There were so many fantastic cards from school pupils across Aberdeen South and I appreciate the effort that they have put into their submissions this year. I am, therefore, delighted to be able to present everyone who entered with a certificate.”
Thanks also go to to Asda Bridge of Dee who have kindly displayed all the cards on the windows along the checkouts. If any of the pupils who submitted entries want to take their card away with them they are more than welcome to do so. Asda will also be hosting the prize giving for the winner and runner up.
Finally, thank you to all the local business who made donations towards the prizes for the winner and runner ups.
Lucas Norwood, Glamis – P1 at Hamilton School.
En-Li Soh, L6B, Albyn School
Ceili Reilly, Class 5, The International School of Aberdeen
This morning Dame Anne helped out at her local Sainsbury’s for the FareShare food drive initiative taking place across stores this weekend.
Customers are encouraged to buy one or more extra item(s) on top of their normal shopping list and to then donate it when leaving the store by placing it in the big green container at the door. These donated goods are then distributed across local food poverty charities, like Instant Neighbour in Aberdeen.
Customers just need to select and buy a product to donate and to help, they are given a example shopping list – including tinned soups, pastas and instant coffee. These food parcels can be a life-saver for those who are left for periods of time without enough food to feed their family.
Sainsbury’s are matching all donations. So if you donate two bags of pasta, Sainsbury’s also donates two bags of pasta.
The campaign runs until the end of Sunday.
Dame Anne said: “I am encouraging anyone who can to head down to their local Sainsbury’s to make use of this opportunity to donate to FareShare and make a real difference to their local community.”